I am going to quote from a recent article by Dr Donal Dorr in which he makes some pointers for the way in which churches should move forward in the spirit of Vatican II. It would be interesting to hear the responses of others.
'For me the most radical change brought about by Vatican II has been in my idea of god. When I was a teenager I was told, and believed that that god would have me burning in hell for all eternity if I dallied for a moment with a sexual image or thought. Our view of god now is not as a harsh and legalistic judge but as the astonishingly compassionate mystery.
VTican 11 has helped me to appreciate how the Holy Spirit works in the hearts and cultures of Bhuddists, Hindus, Muslims and those people who practise primal religion. I am deeply moved by the Bhuddists approach to compassion, by the emphasis of the Eastern religions on meditation and mindfulness, by the prominence given by Muslims to the community and by the sense of closeness of the primal religions both to their ancestors and to nature.
It has provided me with a basis for for engaging in an open two way dialogue with humanists and Marxists of all kinds.
My task in the world is to bring about a world of justice, respect for human rights, reconciliation and community building all animated by a generous and realistic love.'
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